Hello fellow bookworms! Its getting to that time of year again, the leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air and in some places they’ve already had snow. There’s nothing better to warm you up at winter than curling up in your favourite chair under a blanket with a good book. These are my recommendations for my favourite winter themed novels. Let me know if you would add any books to my list because I love recommendations.
I just love this series. Set in Russia and based mostly in Winter this is a great book to curl up with on a cold evening. Arden writes a fantastical and magical world that introduces you to a range of creatures and folklore that I had never heard of before. The lyrical writing style ensures you are sucked in deep and feel the need to follow Vasilisa on her journey. There are two books out in the series so far with the third out in January and I cannot recommend them enough!
A Rumpelstiltskin retelling like no other. I adore Novik’s writing style. She manages to weave six perspectives together so well, you end up believing they were entangled from the start. The setting of this book is what gives it its atmosphere with its country magic, fairy tales and forests it makes for the perfect winter read. You can find my main review for Spinning Silver here.
This is a book that could technically fit all seasons. The world the series is set in consists of 8 kingdoms: Paisly, Ventralli, Yakim, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Cordell. However, while all 8 are mentioned at some point the main characters, and the main plot line are set in the Kingdom of Winter. These books are great easy reads if you’re not looking for something too intense, but certainly not lacking on plot or character arcs.
Though this book isn’t set in Winter I still feel its great book to curl up with. This is my favourite Novik book and the one that made me fall in love with her writing. Similarly to Spinning Silver, its the setting that takes up a big part of the story line, set in a Kingdom where the woods, and its occupants have turned against humans and bit by bit are working to remove them from the world. Novik does an amazing job at twisting your expectations by inverting the tropes about fairy tale villians and heroes. This is the perfect read for any time of the year but I definitely get Winter vibes from it.
Lets be honest, this series can be read at any time, but I do feel there is something special about curling up with a hot chocolate and reading Harry Potter during the winter. It takes me back to reading the books for the first time, and there is no better feeling. If you haven’t read these books then you seriously should it has magic, werewolves, and one of the worlds most famous fictional villians. I feel like I dont really need to sell this series as much because, if you haven’t heard of it you must have been living under a rock!